So last week, we hit you with the end-of-the-regular-season quarterback power rankings. This week, we look back at 2012 coaching performances.
These rankings are based on this year's performance only. Consider it a big Coach of the Year ballot, if all 32 coaches were ranked.
There's no earthly explanation for the Indianapolis Colts' 10-5 record. It's not a 10-5 roster. For them to win all those games with an interim head coach like Arians is remarkable. Arians' work with Andrew Luck, and his aggressive in-game management puts him over the top. He maxed out this team's potential.
Carroll's mad scientist approach to defense and energy has translated to the NFL this time around. His decision to start Russell Wilson in Week 1 was gutsy and wise. He's built a program in Seattle.
Arians has my vote, but any of the coaches above have strong cases.
Belichick's defense hasn't quite made expected strides, but the offense feels years ahead of the competition. He's still the best at situational football and in-game adjustments. A 12-win season for the New England Patriots is taken for granted.
Fisher quickly changed the culture in St. Louis after a historically bad period for the franchise.
McCarthy has navigated a number of injuries and some tough early losses in leading the Green Bay Packers to another NFC North title.
A lot of analysts expected the Miami Dolphins to be the worst team in the league, and they've won seven games. Philbin has enjoyed a strong start, just like Schiano. Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fallen apart Raheem Morris-style down the stretch, they were a very tough out for most of the season.
This group took the talent it had and got more out of it than could be reasonably expected.
The Cincinnati Bengals have taken a modest step forward from a season ago, but Lewis still can drive you crazy with his challenges and game management.
These three didn't overachieve, but they achieved.
This group should have squeezed a few more wins out of their teams.
The Tennessee Titans have gone backward under Munchak. They are a five-win team that looks like a three-win team. Rivera's inability to win close games hurt a talented Carolina Panthers squad that should have competed for a playoff spot. The San Diego Chargers continued their slow, steady decline under Turner.
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Mularkey somehow made the Jacksonville Jaguars worse, although he also had terrible injury luck. Reid would be the first to admit he failed a talented Philadelphia Eagles roster on many levels. The pieces never fit together. Crennel's Kansas City Chiefs somehow have five Pro Bowl players and two wins.
Schwartz is the only coach on this list who definitely will keep his job. It's a brutal business.